American tennis legend Andre Agassi, one of only two men to win all four majors and a singles Olympic gold medal, is backing squash’s bid to earn the lone open spot in the 2020 Olympics.
“Squash is absolutely one of the best, toughest sports,” Agassi told the World Squash Federation. “The Games would be proud.”
Agassi met and took a picture with 2012 NCAA squash national champion Ali Farag and Harvard teammate Haley Mendez to show his support for the sport’s Olympic bid after Agassi spoke at the Leadership Institute at Harvard on Tuesday.
He joins fellow tennis star Roger Federer, who was spotted holding the “Back the Bid” card with squash world champ Nicol David back in February, as well as Grand Slam champs Kim Clijsters and Stefan Edberg, who’ve also proudly supported the sport.
Squash will be up against wrestling, karate, wushu, sport climbing, wake boarding, roller sports, and a joint baseball/softball bid in an IOC executive board vote in St. Petersburg next month.
Canadian skier Phil Brown was fortunate to walk away from an airborne crash at the World Cup season opener in Soelden, Austria, on Sunday.
Brown failed to finish his first run, losing contact with the snow early on and falling hard onto his side.
He tweeted a video of the crash, with slow-motion replays, with a soundtrack of Irish singer Enya‘s “Only Time.”
The World Cup season continues with men’s and women’s slaloms in Levi, Finland, in three weeks.
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Usain Bolt, the singer?
Bolt teased what appeared to be a recording-studio session in an Instagram video Monday, a short clip that ended with Wednesday’s date, perhaps a sign of more to come.
The video included shots of a guitarist, drummer, keyboardist and three female singers before showing Bolt in front of a microphone adjusting headphones.
Bolt has experience singing in front of crowds, having performed Queen and Kings of Leon at recent Oktoberfest visits in Munich.
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